Senior Director, Advancement Applications Architecture (ARCH Program) - University Advancement

companyWashington University In St. Louis School of Arts&Sciences
locationEast Bldg, Clayton, MO 63105, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/3/2024
Full Time

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

The Senior Director Advancement Applications Architecture provides application design and integrations recommendations based on long-term IT organization strategy and established architectural standard which anticipates and supports future business and technical needs. Researches and maintains knowledge in emerging technologies and their application to the business, in particular the Salesforce platform and applications. Responsible for work that is highly complex and varied in nature. Viewed both internally and externally as a technical expert and critical technical resource across multiple disciplines.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities


  • Responsible for articulating and demonstrating the value of the architecture and new solutions to organizational imperatives.
  • Utilizing, understanding of the mission, helps to develop an overarching technology strategy that supports the organizational needs by the cost-effective delivery of IT solutions.
  • Leverages a high level of understanding of the organization's business and line of business applications to provide strategic direction, guidance and integration of products and services.
  • Works closely with key functional partners across Advancement and other University departments and units to deliver enterprise-level applications and custom integration solutions that are reliable, scalable, and align to organizational priorities.


  • Leads team to deliver aligned and agreed to technical architecture strategies and roadmaps for the organization with a bias toward reducing complexity and simplifying the environment.
  • Accountable for architectures and designs that can be effectively implemented, adhere to standards, and can be efficiently operated.
  • Ensures technology solutions are architected appropriately for availability, accessibility, and scalability.
  • Develops complex data integration solutions between applications and platforms, ensuring proper documentation is created.

Standards and Oversight

  • Develops and implements architecture standards in collaboration with enterprise architects.
  • Establishes and oversees the architectural governance for the organization and aligns the IT portfolio with the strategies that help meet the organizational vision.
  • Delivers complete application life cycle management plans.
  • Assesses emerging technologies and platforms for applicability to business requirements and imperatives.
  • Develops an effective, consistent, and robust data integration practice, including defining best practices and development standards.


  • Manages a team of senior level application development professionals.
  • Acts as an internal consultant, advocate, and change agent.
  • Coaches or mentors’ junior staff

Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

  • This position is normally performed in the offices located across campus as well as remotely.
  • There may be activities that require trips to University offices and offsite locations.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Three years of experience architecting enterprise integrations on the Salesforce platform.
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II or Integration Architect.
  • Experience developing integrations with iPaaS tools such as MuleSoft, Informatica, Jitterbit, or Boomi.
  • Knowledge of enterprise and line-of business applications and application lifecycle.
  • Experience with scripted data loader, web services, cloud or on-premises middleware and other enterprise integrating technologies.
  • Solid understanding of and detailed experience with Salesforce.com architecture and API.
  • Experience integrating Salesforce with other applications via real-time, batch, sync/async.
  • Experience developing and supporting integration frameworks in Apex.
  • Experience working in higher education, especially advancement, and an understanding of the landscape of third-party solutions and their business cases.
  • Experience with large scale application development and support models.
  • Experience with technology transformation and integrating large and small package products.
  • Understanding of relational data models.
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading technical design projects during all phases of development and deployment and ongoing maintenance.
  • Demonstrated progressive experience successfully designing, delivering, and/or supporting IT business solutions for large-scale organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in transforming architecture of deployed applications without business disruption.
  • Expertise regarding the integration of applications within the line of business.
  • In-depth knowledge of state-of-the-art programming languages and object-oriented approaches in designing, coding, testing, and debugging programs.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new circumstances.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical issues.
  • Strong sense of ownership and willingness to act as an individual contributor as well as a leader.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work extended hours as necessary and recognize the need to do so.
  • Ability to adjust scheduled time.
  • Ability to establish staff and departmental goals and objectives that are measurable.
  • Ability to adjust to abrupt changes in priorities and strategy.
  • Strong diplomacy, negotiating, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to interact comfortably with all levels of management.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management and analysis, negotiation, systems analysis, leadership, process improvement, strategic planning.
  • Ability to recognize archetypes and design patterns within applications and business processes.
  • Ability to work independently, accurately, and proactively.
  • Proven ability to creatively solve problems and to influence outcomes through persuasion, effective communications and relationship building.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills including ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build relationships, influence outcomes, and to liver effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities such as conflict/issue resolution.
  • Ability to organize and work effectively in a matrix organization with cross-functional project teams from various departments and locations.
  • Ability to drive the development of an IT application architecture strategy in support of business goals and objectives and anticipating future needs of the organization.
  • Ability to develop and execute on an architecture vison to minimize future maintenance challenges and anticipate future needs of the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline such as computer science, information systems, engineering, or a related field.
  • Seven years of experience in high-level information technology professional roles in one or many roles such as architect, product engineer, or product manager.



Salary Range

$94,100.00 - $165,600.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

For policies, detailed benefits, and eligibility, please visit: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.